Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A Wonderful MUST READ From "Horsefeathers"

Finally, Some Good Uses For All Those Smuggled Arms:

Hamas gunmen killed two Palestinian policemen loyal to the rival Fatah movement early Wednesday, just hours after the sides agreed to a new cease-fire meant to end more than a week of factional fighting...

President Bush has repeatedly asserted that we are in a war, although he shrinks from naming the enemy: totalitarian Islam. However, his State Dept. and Defense Dept. seem to have a peculiar understanding of what "war" means. Our Generals and our diplomats all seem to have been trained in the art of therapy rather than the art of war.

They take enormous pride in their cultural sensitivity, rather than in their killing skills. Not a Patton or a Curtis LeMay among them. No way someone like Patton could rise in today's military bureaucracy. The model of a modern General is Colin Powell. His bureaucratic skills helped him get to the top of the State Dept., an organization of therapeutic wordsmiths who believe we have no real enemies, only people who misunderstand our good intentions.

Let us perform a thought experiment: imagine that assorted State Dept. bureaucrats wake up tomorrow and realize we're in a war to the death and that our enemies are jihadists of every stripe--sunnis and shia, Fatah and Hamas, ayatollahs and sheiks and their assorted followers. Our networked enemies are bound together in a death cult whose aim is a perfect sharia world.

In its pursuit, they have been killing one another for 14 centuries. Now they've turned their sights on us. Our foes are barbarous and are incompetent at most life tasks---hence their envy and hatred of Israel and the Jews.

It's humiliating to be smacked in the face by reality; fantasy is far more comforting. While these backward fantasists appear to be skillful at waging guerilla war, that is illusory. It takes no great warrior talent to hide among civilians, detonate bomb belts while disguised as women, launch RPG's into hospitals, and blow up small children on playgrounds. The correct word to describe such behavior is 'cowardice'.

We collude in the illusion that our foes are terrifyingly powerful, our therapeutic mindset resembling the stance of a masochistic wife "explaining" that her violent alcoholic husband had a difficult childhood. We play by Marquis of Queensbury rules, pulling our punches while our foes hide in mosques, disguise themselves as civilians and hide their weapons in apartment buildings.

Anyone who grew up dealing with playground bullies knows that bullies are cowards. They're weaklings whom we are treating as if they were strong men, thereby supporting their delusions of adequacy.

Horsefeathers Blog is located here:

Please visit this wonderful writer; he's a real thinker!


Anonymous bobcat said...

Excellent article. I think I'll go take a look at his blog. Thanks, Donal!

2:31 PM  
Anonymous teller said...

Good article.

2:46 PM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

DONAL that was one INCREDIBLE post! I loved his reference to the "theraputic" approach being taken by some of the military brass. This was a thunderous clarion call to arms!

I understand his frustration with the "soft" approach to war. I've never before complained about my military time, but here goes. I was in the Navy from '87-'93. My official job was as a guided missile radar tech on the 55B system. When the opportunity arose (an offer) I got to do SO much more. I never regretted the things we had to do.

One thing DROVE US NUTS! After a particular deployment or operation in late 1991 we were REQUIRED to go through 6 hrs. of sexual harrassment training at Mayport Naval Base. That's 12 1/2 hour training sessions!!! Why? Because some damn flyers at Tailhook got a little out of hand at a wingnut meeting! We were browbeat by some idiot paper pusher female officer for six god-amned hours of what essentially amounted to "no means no!!!"

I had more venom and contempt for this "wonderful" officer than any of the Drug Boys I ran into. I mentally painted her forehead with a red laser dot every time I saw her. Two of my buddies and I made up our mind to exit the Navy after our enlistments were up because of that nonsense sexual harrassment training. We were hardly home for years due to the Gulf war, drug ops and other overseas fun, and they had the nerve to pull that upper brass Pentagon inspired crap on us!

To make a long story short, I loved my time in the service, but not the ass-covering BS of higher ranking career types.

Horsefeather's frustration with "theraputic warfare" sure hits home for me. Boy oh boy do I feel better now that I've got that off my chest.

I guess I don't need therapy anymore. :-)


4:17 PM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

One other thing. I attempted to make a comment at HF's blog and tell him how much I appreciated his great article but I couldn't. Did you have any problems with making a comment there?


4:26 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I'll give it a try, Jingo. Glad you liked this guy--I thought his writing was very good.

And, also, I'd like to point out that some of us gals don't always appreciate all the sexual sensitivity training crap either.

One, it makes guys always bring it up when issues of rape--and other very legitimate concerns--get brought up. On my article on rape, I got called a 'feminist' even though I made it clear I eschewed that sort of thing!

Two, those of us with good husbands, who know great guys, know that men get messages differently than we do. A fifteen-minute chat would have sufficed where they repeated themseves during 6 HOURS of bullshit with you! That just makes folks mad.

Thirdly, as my article on rape made clear, it's MEN who ought to run these chats--not women touchy-feely types, and the more manlier the better. You guys are only gonna listen to a GUY you respect.

Fourthly, where's the gals likewise sessions? Hows about a 'how not to get yourselves in a bad situation' 6 hour seminar? I wouldn't have BEEN in Tailhook because having a few women at a party, drunk, with a larger group of likewise drunk men has NEVER been a good idea.

Fifthly, the guys that offended at Tailhook (and the women) were the only ones that needed 'seminars'. THEY were the only ones who had done something wrong or ill-advised.

3:48 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

JINGO--"Horsefeathers" is a typekey account member. You have spend a second signing up before they will let you log in and post. I already was a member of typekey, so I commented-if you wish to write something, I'll be happy to post it over there, with your name.

3:58 AM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

DONAL thanks for the thoughtful response. You're right, men should hasve been the ones to give that chat, and it should have taken 10 minutes! It amounted to browbeating and caused a huge amount of resentment. I can't even BEGIN to teel you how many "sh-t hot" sailors left because of that and other "socialist" crap pulled by the Clinton Administration.
The military suffered.


5:05 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I believe you. The Clintons hurt the military a LOT!

12:29 PM  

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